Rafael M. Nevárez
International Education Specialist
U.S. Department of Education
International Affairs Office, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-8401, USA
+1 202 401 2508
IMPORTANT: The U.S. Department of Education (U.S. ENIC) does not evaluate or validate academic credentials. In the United States, the ultimate decision to recognize a credential rests with (1) individual employers (in the case of someone seeking employment); (2) state-level licensing agencies (in the case of someone seeking professional licensure); and/or (3) universities (in the case of someone seeking to continue their studies).
In some instances, “recognizing authorities” may evaluate your credentials themselves. However, in many cases, they request that a “credential evaluation” be completed to determine how your qualifications equate to U.S. credentials. These evaluations are carried out by private, non-governmental entities.
With regard to questions concerning obtaining a professional license in the United States, please note that licensed professions are regulated at the state level, not the national level. Examples of licensed professions include medicine, law, dentistry, nursing, architecture, clinical psychology, public school teaching and many others. You can generally find the appropriate state-level licensing authority by searching online, using the following search terms: (1) the name of the state in which you hope to work, plus (2) the name of the profession, plus (3) the word “license”. For example, to find the state agency responsible for the licensure of nurses in the state of Texas, one could search on Google, using the search terms “Texas nursing license”.
For further information, please visit: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/